Fuel leak from crash on I-26 eats through asphalt, backs up traffic

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Construction crews work to fix I-26 near mile marker 48 on Aug. 11 after a crash resulted in a fuel leak which broke down the asphalt.
Construction crews work to fix I-26 near mile marker 48 on Aug. 11 after a crash resulted in a fuel leak which broke down the asphalt.

A crash on Aug. 11 near I-26 mile marker 48 caused fuel to leak from a tractor trailer gas tank and break down the asphalt on the road, making it too soft to drive on and backing up traffic for hours, according to highway patrol spokesperson Rohn Silvers.

At around 6 a.m., a tractor trailer in the right lane side swiped another tractor trailer in the left lane, causing the right lane driver to over correct or over steer and run off the right shoulder, hitting the end of a roadside concrete barrier and piercing his fuel tank. At time of reporting, construction crews are working to take a layer of asphalt off the top of the road and resurface it to make it safe for traffic to travel.

"They are predicting the roadway to be reopened and finished around 2 p.m.," Silvers said. "They do have a lane open at this time to go around this accident site and back onto I-26 by using the old road that the construction crew and trucks have been using. However traffic is backed up and slow moving and will be that way for some time."

No injuries have been reported.

This article originally appeared on Hendersonville Times-News: Fuel leak from crash on I-26 eats through asphalt, backs up traffic